You can have a lot of sympathy for Leeds this season.
You can have sympathy for the players who are trying and the youngsters who have made the step up in trying circumstances.
You can have sympathy for the manager Paul Heckingbottom, who can’t have imagined his big job was going to be quite this tough.
And you can have sympathy for Andrea Radrizzani who has tried his best to bring success back to the club after years in the wilderness.
However, it’s impossible to excuse the actions of the two substitutes, Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Jay-Roy Grot last night.
They made no effort in the warm-up and couldn’t seem to care less when they got on the pitch.
And BBC pundit Noel Whelan has got it spot on when he said they should never play for the club again.
Talking on BBC Radio Leeds, Whelan called the pair “Diabolical, lazy, unprofessional.”
And Whelan is a dedicated, passionate Leeds fans. he doesn’t use these words lightly. He went on to slam their attitudes, saying: “And that starts with the warm-up, that’s unacceptable, I don’t want to see that.
“I don’t want the young lads seeing that, I wouldn’t put them on the bench again, they shouldn’t play for Leeds again in my opinion. I’d give it to the young lads with passion and desire.”
Leeds need someone like Whelan involved.
He’s got the heart, the passion and the determination and neither Grot nor Lasogga had that and showed complete disdain for the fans.
Lasogga is on his way out this summer but Grot is at the start of his career and should know better.
Heck should axe Lasogga immediately and give Grot a warning, and dump him in the Under-23s for a bit.
Perhaps some of the passion that Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Paudie O’Connor and Tom Pearce have will rub off on him.
If not, he should go in the summer too. It’s simply not good enough.